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2014 New Hampshire: Jimmie Johnson NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Qualifying Press Conference
Posted by: ASkyler on Jul 11, 2014 - 08:06 PM
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2014 New Hampshire: Jimmie Johnson NASCAR Sprint Cup Post-Qualifying Press Conference


JIMMIE JOHNSON, NO. 48 LOWE’S CHEVROLET SS - QUALIFIED 2ND

POST-QUALIFYING PRESS CONFERENCE TRANSCRIPT:

YOU TESTED HERE EARLIER AND ALSO AT ONE POINT YOU HELD THE TRACK QUALIFYING RECORD AS DID OTHERS. TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THAT, THAT IS THE 13TH TRACK RECORD THAT WE HAVE SET THIS YEAR WITH THE NEW QUALIFYING FORMAT: "The cars are fast. This new rules package we all thought it was a simple change to allow for easier officiating without having a minimum ride height in the front, but it has opened up technology in a lot of areas and a lot of different set-ups have spun off from it. In the end we have been able to get the cars lower so you have a lower ride height; it creates more downforce as well and has just made the cars faster. We knew the track records were going to fall especially when pre-season testing started and we are still doing that each week. The good thing is the test we left feeling good about things. We feel like we need to improve some and Chad (Knaus, crew chief) and the guys have done an amazing job and have brought a car that even when I miss my marks a little bit it still produces a lap. In practice I was top of the board and had two tries at it and messed up both of those laps and still ended up on top. I was very optimistic coming into qualifying today. I thought I had enough to get it there and then saw Kyle’s (Busch) lap. He definitely put one down."

 

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A LOT OF THESE RACES THE LAST FEW YEARS ARE DETERMINED BY STRATEGY AS MUCH AS ANYTHING. HOW MUCH OF THAT GOING INTO THE RACE ARE YOU TALKING TO CHAD (KNAUS) ABOUT? OR IS CHAD JUST GOING TO TELL YOU WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN? "We have worked on it especially through our test session up here. We were able to look at scenarios and get some good data on what tires do, what the fuel savings are, how we can go about it and it has opened up our options here during the race weekend because we can just work on speed. We feel very confident in the data we collected. To help yourself out the most if you have a fast race car you can use less brake, roll through the corner and still bust off a good lap and preserve and conserve and all those things. I think we are covering our bases right now. We have the data we need and we’ve got a fast race car."

HAVE YOU GOTTEN BETTER AT FUEL SAVING? "Yes and no. I mean it’s not my natural tendency when Chad tells me ‘okay we need to save fuel’ I can then talk to myself lap after lap and do the right things. My natural tendencies are to use fuel. That is just the way I grew up driving."


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